Visits and visitations on your school trip
You may see more than you bargained for on your next school tour of the Opal Coast. On a recent school trip to Arras in Northern France, a British school boy took photographs of the German cemetery at Neuville-St-Vaast on his mobile phone. Teenager Mitch Glover is studying poetry of World War I at school and he was on a school tour to look at war graves. He claims he didn't see or feel anything when he shot the pictures but when he got home and looked closely at the shots he could see the ghostly figure of a soldier near the graves. If you look at Mitch's photographs in the Daily Mail article you may be able to make out a soldier wearing a kilt and Tam o'Shanter. Is it the ghost of a soldier from the Seaforth Highlanders regiment whose cemetery lies just a few hundred metres away at the Nine Elms cemetery? Perhaps it's just a smudge on the lens of the camera.
Mitch's picture is a bit of a mystery but a school trip to northern France is a great way to boost your history students' learning and understanding of the world wars of the 20th century. You'll see it in the faces of your students when they visit the World War I Somme battlefields, the trenches at Vimy Ridge or the remembrance museum at La Coupole. And, visits to the war memorials and graves will possibly be amongst the most moving moments you'll ever share with your students. It may not be a supernatural experience but it's a memory that will stay with you forever.
To find out about Voyager's school trips to Normandy and the Opal Coast please visit the Voyager School Travel website or call us on 01273 827 327.